Short Sunderland G.R.V
Crashed near Lee-on-Solent 13th February 1946
In the early hours of February 13th,1946.VB885,an almost new Sunderland GR.V operated by 302FTU,took of from Calshot on a ferry flight to Karachi.Immediately after take off an engine failed and the pilot(Pilot Officer Dollin) decided to return to Calshot.The first attempt at landing was aborted and the aircraft went round for another approach.However ,in the dark and with apparently poor visibility,the pilot apparently misjudged his rate of descent and at 0448hrs, after a flight lasting 22 minutes ,the aircraft crashed into the sea 100 yards from Lee-on-Solent pier and caught fire. All ten crew were unfortunately killed in the crash.
Shown below are images of the official accident Report Cards.These were recently obtained from the RAF Air Historical Branch by Mrs S M Love who is the sister of one of the crew,Flight Sergeant Ian Sandison .As can be seen on the cards,the official thinking was that the aircraft stalled and flew into the sea.These cards are 56 years old and not everything on them is easy to decipher as they were written in pencil.The yellow highlighted section of text is as follows"Possible error in not feathering so S.O..eng (starboard outer engine) failed after t/o (take off) may be clutch failure in which case pilot correct in not feathering engine. Letters from C.I. cncrs (Court of Inquiry Concurs). "no defect in carb (carburettor) mags (magnetos) or plugs"
F/Sgt. Hamish Ian Sandison (Mrs Love's brother)
F/Sgt. R.M. Anderson
F/Sgt. H. Barker
F/O. R.B. Couchman(Second Pilot)
P/O. K. Dollin(Pilot)
Sgt. G. Granger
Sgt. M. O'Donoghue
Sgt. H. O'Keefe
F/Sgt. L.E. Snook
F/Sgt. R.C. Stevens